An argument for Norine Hammond

    I have read the recent letter published in your paper signed by Ramona Cook of Industry, Illinois referencing her ancestors who came to the Vermont and Astoria areas in the nineteenth century.  The more of it I read the more concerned I became inasmuch as some of those ancestors referred to are also my ancestors, namely those persons who lived under the surnames of Freeman and Cox.  Whereas I agree with Ms. Cook that they prospered because of their hard work, love for the land, the animals they raised and the communities in which they lived, I take issue with the statement that they were “simple.”  Certainly, their achievements would defy that they were in any way simple in light of the times in which they lived.

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